BIG LIT, the Stewartry Book Festival, takes place this year from 1st to 5th May, with five bumper days of poetry, launches, prose, talks, film, puppets, history, workshop, buskers, song, installation, exhibition, politics, music and cabaret. There's also a children’s programme of magical time travel and folk tales.
Among this year's guests are:
and many, many more.
Events will be held in Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright.
Full programme details available online.
Contact Big Lit for tickets or call Galloway Lodge on 01557 814001, open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Wigtown Festival Company was crowned the winner of the Innovation in Tourism award at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final on 14th March.
Wigtown Festival Company, responsible for transforming Wigtown into Scotland’s National Book Town, was named best in the business at Scotland’s biggest awards night in tourism.
Read more from DGWGO.
£345m of funding commitments have been announced for the Borderlands Growth Deal.
This proposed deal covers the council areas of Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Cumbria and Carlisle City.
In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled a UK government commitment of £260m, adding to a previous Scottish government commitment of £85m over a 10-year period.
Read more from the BBC.
A series of free events brings together local and national agencies to support organisations in the new South of Scotland Economic Partnership region to develop enterprising activities.
This support programme is designed for individuals, staff, managers or board members of community groups, social enterprises and charities, and there will be a range of events to suit organisations at different stages of their enterprise journey.
The various activities will take place throughout the year across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
Find out more from Social Investment Scotland.
An artist residency programme at a former Lemonade Factory in Sanquhar is among 31 receipients of over £790,000 of National Lottery funding awarded through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.
The Merz Artists' Residency will support six artists in residence for up to two months.
Find out more from Creative Scotland.
Luminate has announced the recipients of the Luminate and Saltire Society Older Artist Bursaries.
14 artists have been awarded funds ranging from £500 to £1,000, to support a varied number of career development opportunities. There is also an award of £2,000 from the Saltire Society's Inspiring Scotland Bursary, which will enable one artist to develop a new creative idea.
Carolyn Yates, a DGU Trustee and playwright, is one of the 14 recipients of the Luminate and Saltire Society Older Artist Bursaries. Carolyn will attend The Authentic Voice workshop with Susan Worsfold. Susan Worsfold is an award winning theatre director specialising in the Nadine George Voice Work for which she is one of only 14 accredited teachers worldwide. Carolyn says: “I will use this opportunity to develop my writing “voice” giving it a deeper physicality, a visceral quality that will enhance the performativity aspects as well as giving me performance skills to enhance collaborative theatre-making.
Find out more from Luminate.
Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival have received a grant of £45,500 from Creative Scotland to support the 40th Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (24 May to 2 June 2019) with programming taking place in Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry and Wigtownshire.
DG Arts Festival are among the 31 recipients to share £440,000 of National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, including individual artists, musicians, writers, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries.
Find out more from Creative Scotland.
The Scottish Government has published its summary report on the analysis of responses to its consultation “A Culture Strategy for Scotland”.
The report is available from the Scottish Government.
In December 2018, Creative Scotland announced details of the the first round of awards from the £2million Touring Theatre and Dance Fund.
Among the 17 theatre and dance projects to receive a share of the £1.2 million award is our region's own Emma Jayne Park, who will be using her award of £137,700 to develop a Dumfries & Galloway Dance Network.
This project will support venues in Dumfries and Galloway to programme touring dance projects, developing new audiences for dance in an underserved region.
Read more from Creative Scotland.
Following its enquiry into music instrument tuition in Scottish state schools, the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee has now published its report 'A Note of Concern: The Future of Instrumental Music Tuition in Schools'.
This report sets out a range of recommendations. These are mostly related to councils making sure that their services are inclusive, transparent and fair. The report also recommends that SQA qualification-related tuition should comply with guidelines.
The report is available to download from the Scottish Parliament.